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Factors Associated with Cervical Cancer Screening among Married Female Immigrants with Korean Husbands in South Korea.

Ha Chang, Sang-Soo Seo, Jun-Pyo Myong, Jung-Wan Koo, Jinhee Jeong
Background. The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with the national cervical cancer screening behaviors of married female immigrants living in South Korea. Methods. The present study dataset was collected by the National Health Insurance Services in 2014⁻2015. A final study population of 15,935 was considered eligible for inclusion in this study if they met the criteria for participation in the national cervical cancer screening program in 2014⁻2015. Results. Of the 15,935 subjects, 7837 (49%) participated in cervical cancer screening. Based on the results of the logistic regression analysis of the association between cervical cancer screening behaviors and related factors, the odds ratio (OR) for participation in cervical cancer screening among individuals older than 50 years was the highest (OR: 2.13; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.82⁻2.51), and the OR increased as their duration of stay in South Korea decreased. The OR of Chinese women for cervical cancer screening participation was higher than that of non-Chinese women (OR: 1.83; 95% CI: 1.69⁻1.99). The OR value was 29.4 (95% CI: 25.9⁻33.3) among those who participated in the general health screening compared with those who did not participate. Conclusions. To improve awareness about cervical cancer screening and reduce disparities in access to healthcare, appropriate programs should be developed to promote cervical cancer screening participation to socially vulnerable classes. Continuous social attention is needed to address these issues and encourage participation in general health screening to improve the rate of cervical cancer screening.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112528

Open URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112528

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15112528

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